Rudd's opportunity to chase 25% by 2020

The early shift to an ETS brings the opportunity for the country to pursue a stronger 2020 emissions target. We can now deliver a target five times stronger at almost no cost.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement that he plans to “scrap the carbon tax” and move to a fully-fledged emissions trading scheme a year earlier than planned should put the focus back on Australia’s yet-to-be-confirmed 2020 carbon pollution target.

While the carbon price may rise and fall, ultimately what matters for the environment is how much pollution is saved. How much is saved by the ETS will depend on the target the government chooses to adopt.


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